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Stories For and About Friends

Katie selects age appropriate stories and folktales that focus on friendship.

The Red Hat: Adventure Stories for Young Listeners and their Adult Friends

A lively collection of folktales with songs, chants, and audience participation for a family audience. Katie Green tells a selection of stories with songs and chants designed to enhance listening, speech, and language. Hear these stories, sing a song, and (upon request) make a quick craft to take home.

"An absolute treat and delight."
     audience member, Wachusett Community Partnership for Children, Holden, MA

Farmyard Fancies

Preschoolers love to participate in the story of the Enormous Turnip. This program is a collection of participatory stories about life on a farm.

Travel the World with Story

Katie tells folk tales from around the world in a story concert. Stories are selected for the audience or grade level, school interest, and curriculum content. Possible topics include environmental issues, conflict resolution, stories for math and science, etc.. Programs may be followed by a craft project that encourages chil dren to take a story home and tell it.

Contact Katie to design a storytelling program for your school.

"Your storytelling performances were terrific. The students loved your stories, and I did too. We want you back again."
     Rosemary C., Librarian, South Elementary School, Bellingham, MA

"I love how versatile you are, Katie. You are a marvelous storyteller!"
     Jean Canosa-Albano, Springfield Public Library, Springfield, MA

Russian Folklore

Katie Green traveled and performed in Russia in 1993. Her portrayal of Russian characters such as Ivan, Vasillisa, and BabaYaga are colorful and authentic. Her telling of Russian folktales has delighted schools as well as family audiences at the Museum of Russian Icons.

"You captured the spirit of my village in Russia, and took me back home with your stories. Thank you so very much."
     Audience member, Jefferson-Madison Central Library, Charlottesville, VA

"Tell the Firebird story again! And again and again!"
     Jose G., 5th grade, Lawrence, MA

"A delightful telling of Russian folktales. We loved every minute."
     Tara Young, Education Co-ordinator, Museum of Russian Icons.

"I love the story of Maria Morevna."      Zika Mikkelsen, age 6.

Stories give us something to think about and provide a healthy way to talk about our fears. This young girl ponders the existence of the Russian witch, BabaYaga, with her mother and Katie.

Hans Christian Andersen

The Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park in New York City is a wonderful place to hear Andersen stories in the summer.

Katie Green captures the depth of Andersen's stories and tells them the way he did: for the children, for the adults, and for the pure joy of it! Andersen's stories are selected for the season and matched to the interests of the audience: schools, families or adults. Some favorite Andersen tales are The Little Mermaid, Little Ida's Flowers, The Tinder Box, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, Mother Elderberry, The Shadow, The Bog Witch, and others - so many others!

Workshop available: Andersen: The Man, His Life, His Stories. Includes Andersen's love of the natural world and his floral arrangements. Children's workshop may include a simple craft project. A workshop for students in grade 4 and higher focuses on writing with a specific character's point-of-view.

"Listeners are fortunate to hear Katie Green tell these tales. Even the youngest members of the audience were completely enthralled for an hour."
     Margaret Read MacDonald, Bothell Public Library, Seattle, WA

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Stories collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm in the 1800's are especially selected for your listeners. Young listeners may hear Three Magic Wishes and One Eye Two Eyes Three Eyes. The Grimms' stories also provide fertile ground for groups who wish to explore personal issues or who work with at-risk populations. Stories such as The Juniper Tree and Allerleirauh give adults opportunity to talk about justice.

Timeless Troll Tales

A program of Scandinavian stories and folk-lore about trolls. Stories include The Argument, The Troll with No Heart, and a Swedish version of The Changeling. Grade 3 - and older.

"I laughed, I wept, and I was totally surprised. You really took me into a whole different reality!"
     Sarah J., Special Education Teacher, Pelham, MA.

"What a diverse collection of folktales. I love thinking about how human those trolls were!      H. Maine, Scandinavian House, NYC.

Rich Green draws a great troll!

Greek and Roman Myths

Students love to act out the story of Pandora's Box.

Katie's telling of these classic myths gives the characters breath and substance. Spell binding and colorful tales may include Demeter and Persephone, Psyche and Cupid, Perseus and Medusa, the flower myths, and others. Workshop and power-point presentation is available for middle school students.

"I have always loved the Greek myths, but now that I've heard you tell them, I know why."
     audience member, Oak & Stars Concert at the First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA

"I got goose bumps when you told the story about Psyche and Cupid. Cupid's mom must have been my mother-in-law's sister!"
     audience member, Barre Women's Club

Egyptian Myths for Middle School and Up

Katie tells selected portions of her one person program, Egyptian Myths and Magic as the gods and goddesses are identified on her photographs of Egyptian art and archeological stuructures. Pyramids, Egyptian art, history, and geography are reviewed in this dynamic power point presentation.

"Wow! This is the best thing we've done all year!"
     6th grade student, Wellesley, MA

"Your talk was entertaining and informative. I hope you come back again."
     Worcester Senior Center audience member, Worcester, MA

"I always used to get these things mixed up. Now I know who's a pharaoh and who's a god."
     6th grade student, North Reading, MA

Satni Kamose and the Mummies: Egyptian Folk Tales and Stories.

Katie tells an ancient literary story from the Ptolemaic period. Satni Kamose lived in the 19th dynasty. There are several stories about him. His travels give listeners an opportunity to examine Egyptian geography and history. In this program, Katie also tells a creation myth from Memphis and a "pour-quoi" story of the HooPoo bird.

"Our students were on the edge of their seats every second. I loved the stories too. You are a marvelous storyteller."
     6th grade teacher, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn NY

"It is such a delight to see the students recognize names of people and places that they have studied. This program is a wonderful complement to our curriculum."
     4th grade teacher, North Reading, MA

Satni Kamose was the son of Ramess II

Stories from Ancient Civilizations

Hear a story from Sumaria, Egypt, Macedonia, and Greece. This program includes myths, legends, and a legend about Alexander the Great. Follow-up math and science lesson plans that complement the legend about Alexander the Great are available on request.

The Image Maker and other stories from India and Pakistan

The story of The Image Maker is based on a story given to Katie by an 84 year old woman from India. In it, a man learns how his thoughts influence his accomplishments. This program also includes two Pakistani folktales. The Chatee Maker is a humorous story in which a simple man succeeds. The Jackal, the Tiger, and the Brahman is a classic tale of wit and wisdom.

Appropriate for middle school students, church groups, adults, the story of The Image Maker invites discussion about values, assumptions, and communication. Workshop participants may create a work of art either individually or in small groups. Students may wish to locate the countries on the world map and discuss cultures. Older students and adults may wish to discuss history, religion and/or current events.

The story of The Image Maker is included in the award winning book, Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope.

Workshop includes discussion and art activity. Appropriate for Middle School – Adult; and church groups.

"I will always remember the story about the man riding the tiger. It was hilarious!"
     Steven U. 7th Grade, Bancroft School, Worcester, MA

Storyteller Katie Green holds the image of Shiva as she tells The Image Maker at the Bromfield Junior High School in Harvard, MA.

The Singing Tree and other tales from the Middle East

Listen to The Singing Tree from 1001 Nights, some Hodja tales, and a Jewish folk tale. This fast paced program is full of visual imagery and concludes with a a list of proverbs. An excellent program for junior high children or adults.

Halloween Storytelling Programs

Everyone thinks of storytelling at Halloween. Katie has created three programs for late October: one for adults, one for teens, and one for families.

How Big is Your Pumpkin?
Rolling pumpkins, a night-time walk, owls in the woods. This program includes a story in American Sign Language and a "jump tale". Katie Green has carefully selected stories and songs that share the thrill of Halloween without any bad dreams. A family program.

"Your stories are awesome. I'm going to tell one to my brother."
     Matthew, age 7, Shirley Public Library, Shirley, MA

Ghost Stories from My Aunts
This program for adults and mature young people includes "true" stories from the Civil War – stories Katie first heard from her aunts when she was a child in Virginia. As an adult, she heard them again - from a man who claimed to have met the same ghosts. This program includes My First Halloween, a night-time adventure with Aunt Irma.

"I loved the stories and we didn’t want the evening to end. Where did you say that Inn is located?"
     audience member, Merriam-Gilbert Public Library, West Brookfield Library, MA

"I want more and more of these stories."
     Susan Lenoe, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tingling Tales for Teens
If you are looking for stories that give you the shivers and remind you that All Hallows' Eve is the night when the wall between the worlds is thinnest, this is the program for you.

"The stories were great. Terrific!"
     Ellen Dolan, Director, Beaman Memorial Library, West Boylston, MA

Stories for the Winter Holiday

Katie loves to share stories for the Winter Holidays. A 45-50 minute program is usually made up of three or four stories, balanced for cultural content. For k-4, the stories are selected from the following: Zlatah (Jewish), Cobweb Christmas (German folktale of a magically decorated tree), A Bohemian Legend (poor father finds and magically decorates tree for his children), The Month Brothers (A winter story with a Cinderella theme and a short song for the audience to join in - from Czechoslovakia and also Russia), New Year's Hats (Japanese), Schnitzle, Schnotle, and Schnootzle (a rollicking old Austrian folktale with a troll in it), The Girl Who Loved Christmas (modern U.S. literary - a girl wants to have Christmas every day, and learns that it's not such a good idea), Bafana (Italian), Raven Returns the Sun (Native American - Inuit), Sun King (African).

Young children enjoy The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Night Before Christmas, and Poor Santa!

A mature audience may prefer The Music Box (an autobiographical story) or a literary story such as Julia Cunningham's Onion Journey or Ruth Sawyer's Magic Herbs of Christmas.

"Thank you for your stories. They made our Holiday Gathering a wonderful event."
     George Furst, Auburn Historical Society

"The children were enthralled, as seen by their attentive behavior. I have received only positive feedback from the teachers. The theme of gift giving was most appropriate for the time of year. The teachers appreciated the follow-up material. Thank you."
     Kim W., PTO Enrichment, Nixon School , Sudbury, MA

"Your stories were simply enchanting and you really know how to captivate your audience."
     Sandra Jo Ryder, Festival of Trees, Worcester, MA